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On View: Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the Brooklyn Museum

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei is no stranger to controversy in his native China, where he creates  provocative art that spotlights freedom of expression and the rights of the individual. Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the Brooklyn Museum showcases his prolific career as a photographer, sculptor, architect and constant champion for global human rights.

 Installation view of Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., 2012. (Photo: Cathy Carver)

Han Dynasty vases and industrial paint from ‘Ai Weiwei: According to What?’ when then exhibit was at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.(Photo: Cathy Carver)

One of China’s most famous living artists, Ai Weiwei is probably best known for his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium. He is also an avid social media user and Internet enthusiast. Note: His father, Ai Qing, was one of China’s most respected poets.

The exhibition features over thirty works spanning twenty years, exploring culture, politics, history and traditions from his singular viewpoint. From the minimalist to the expansive, his works question cultural values and challenge political authority — the perfect palette for an activist artist. Ai Weiwei was organized by the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.

Ai Weiwei: According to What? is on view at the Brooklyn Museum through August 10, 2014.

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